Newquay RNLI volunteers respond to diver mayday

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded to a mayday call from a local dive boat at 11.15am on Saturday (11 May) after a diver was brought to the surface unconscious, around two miles off Newquay.

He was transferred to the charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat after regaining consciousness and was treated by the RNLI crew, one of whom is a paramedic, before being airlifted from the lifeboat by the crew of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter and flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Other local boats had also answered the call for help, including one with two doctors on-board who offered medical advice over the radio. Members of Newquay Coastguard met the diver's colleagues at Newquay Harbour, where the lifeboat crew returned just before midday.

Newquay RNLI's volunteer lifeboat press officer said: 'The diver remained in hospital overnight and we send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery'.

Notes to editors

A video of the rescue will be available shortly from the RNLI news centre at

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Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay RNLI lifeboat station, or mobile: 07880 507464. Alternatively, please contact Emma Haines, RNLI Media Officer (South) at or 07786 668847. The RNLI Press Office can be contacted on 01202 336789.

Diver is airlifted from lifeboat by crew of Coastguard helicopter


Diver is airlifted from lifeboat by crew of Coastguard helicopter

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